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“indignation” movie review and giveaway


It’s so refreshing to see a smart movie with a thought-provoking story and well-written dialogue.

I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that Indignation is that kind of movie since it’s based on a Philip Roth novel.

Indignation posterThe story takes place in 1951 and revolves around Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman from The Perks of Being a Wallflower), a brilliant and very intense young Jewish boy who’s working at his father’s butcher in New Jersey before heading off to a small college in Ohio on a scholarship that will exempt him from being drafted into the Korean War, where so many of his peers have already sacrificed their lives. His father worries obsessively about him, which is driving him crazy.

Marcus has trouble adjusting to his new life, though. He’s placed with the only other two Jewish students who don’t want to be in the Jewish fraternity, yet he doesn’t get along with them. He falls in love with Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), a non-Jewish girl with a reputation. He gets into trouble with the Dean for criticizing the Chapel requirement, explaining — in a fantastic scene that shows off Lerman’s star potential — that he believes “prayer is preposterous” and that he is “sustained by what’s real.”

All of the performances are excellent, and I couldn’t take my eyes off Gadon who lights up the screen in a gorgeous wardrobe of cardigans and skirts.

It’s no wonder Indignation was a hit at Sundance and that it’s got an 80% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Thanks to Roadside Attractions, I’m happy to be giving away an Indignation prize package. One lucky Midlife at the Oasis subscriber will win a $50 American Express Gift Card to see Indignation in theaters, plus the Official Soundtrack and a copy of the Movie Tie-in Book.

For a chance to win, you must be a subscriber to my weekly newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber, first sign up in the right sidebar of this page. Then, simply leave a comment below.

For a second chance, tweet this:

Contest ends on August 15 at midnight Pacific time. Winners will be notified by return email. Sorry, but prizes can only be sent to a U.S. mailing address.

Indignation is now playing in select cities, and you can buy tickets on Fandango. Like Indignation on Facebook and follow the movie on Twitter. You can also connect with Logan Lerman on Twitter and Facebook, and with Sarah Gadon on Twitter and Instagram.


  1. I have never heard of either actor so that is exciting for me to watch some good acting in this interesting sounding drama. Thanks Lois.

  2. Another new movie that I haven’t heard of – I’m not sure if it’ll make it to Australian theatres but I’ll be keeping a look out for it. Shame I’m not eligible to win 🙁

  3. I have not of this movie before. Definitely sounds like a great movie, one I would enjoy. Have to add it to my list.

  4. You had me at Phillip Roth. Now off to find a theatre.

  5. I MUST see this one. I can’t wait, even. There are so few films I get excited about but this one….yes!

  6. This sounds intriguing. I saw a small clip of the movie but your description really has made me more interested.

  7. Sounds like a good one to see! We always wait until it comes out, though, on demand. Movie theaters are not a good environment for Randy and his suppressed immune system.

  8. This movie is right up my alley. Thanks for the tip!

  9. I haven’t heard of this movie. I hope they play it in my neck of the woods. We are pretty rural, so we don’t get a lot of movies unless they are really mainstream. If not, I’ll definitely be looking for it on streaming channels.

  10. I’ve not heard of this movie or the actors but I do love a good storyline. This sounds like a movie I would enjoy however living in Australia, it may or may not come to our theaters, maybe I can stream it.

  11. Madge Woods says:

    I had not heard of this movie but, being Jewish and all, would love to see it.

  12. kelly grant says:

    Signed up. Messernmontana at gmail.com

  13. Geraldine says:

    Have heard great things about this one.

  14. susan smoaks says:

    i am an email subscriber

  15. Michelle H. says:

    I am a subscriber and would love to win. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  16. susan smoaks says:
  17. Michelle H. says:
  18. shelly peterson says:

    This sounds like a pretty good movie. I would love to read the book and also see the movie.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  19. I am an email subscriber.

  20. Cheryl B. says:

    Yet another must see movie for me.

  21. I am a subscriber.

  22. Christine Burd says:

    I am very interested in seeing this movie since I have read your comments and movie summary . Thank you .

  23. Cheryl B. says:
  24. The movie looks great!

  25. Cheryl Old says:

    Sounds like my kind of movie. I would love to win the prize pack. Thank you.

  26. yocheved says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing Indignation. Love Philip Roth’s books (well, some of them, anyway).

  27. Julie Wood says:

    I haven’t heard of this movie, but it sounds so interesting. I am an email subscriber.

  28. Steve Weber says:

    already an email subscriber – this movie looks amazing.

    I tweeted too under @groogruxking40

  29. So glad this is getting good reviews. Look forward to seeing the movie!

  30. Tammy Evans says:

    sounds really interesting count me in!

  31. I would love to see this movie with my coworker!

  32. Deborah Anderson says:

    longtime subscriber and longtime Philip Roth fan 🙂

  33. Deborah Anderson says:
  34. I am a subscriber. Thank you for the giveaway!

  35. mami2jcn says:

    I’m an email subscriber

  36. mami2jcn says:


  37. I enjoy movies from this era, especially when family values and backgrounds are mixed up to sweeten the plot. This looks dreamy, warm, and juicy. Thanks for the tip and chance to win. Always such an exciting opportunity to read your reviews and blogs Lois. You keep life fun 😀

  38. I would like to see this movie. It’s sounds pretty good.

  39. This looks SO good! I hope it is playing out this way!

  40. Ellie Wright says:

    This sounds like an interesting movie. I subscribed via email.

  41. Ellie Wright says:
  42. Debnise Hollander says:

    This movie has a great story line. It sounds quite interesting…something I might enjoy seeing!!

  43. Mary Jacobowitz says:

    I am an email subscriber. I would love to see this movie.

  44. Mary Jacobowitz says:
  45. Robyn Talbott says:

    Looks great, Lois!!

  46. charlene elswick says:

    I have not heard of this one before looks good

  47. Beth Hargett says:

    This sounds like a movie I’d love to see! I’ll keep my fingers crossed! Thanks for the chance!

  48. Alisha woods says:

    Have seen it advertised but wasn’t sure what it was about

  49. Sounds like a great movie.Haven’t heard about it.

  50. Peggy Damon says:

    I’m a subscriber , love the idea of the movie I would love to see!!

  51. Peggy Damon says:
  52. Oh yes, this movie looks very good! I can’t wait to see it!

  53. Brenda Guardado says:

    I love coming of age stories and ones based on novels. So this is a match made in heaven. No-brainer to watch.

  54. Gina Ferrell says:

    I’m an email subscriber!

  55. Gina Ferrell says:
  56. This movie sounds very poignant. I love movies like that. I will do my best to see this one.

  57. janetfaye says:

    I am email subscribed.

  58. Betsy Pauzauskie says:

    I was already subscribed, I tweeted: https://twitter.com/BetsyPauzauskie/status/762842981049126912
    and your prize pack for Indignation has me chomping at the bits! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

  59. This sounds like a great date movie, thanks for the recommendation!

  60. Betsy Barnes says:

    Email subscriber as pinktaz60 (at) hotmail (dot) com. 🙂

  61. Betsy Barnes says:
  62. janetfaye says:
  63. email subscriber – would love to see this movie.

  64. john mckeel says:

    Interesting description will look forward to the movie

  65. I have not even heard about this movie until now, but it sounds really good.

  66. I’ve seen the preview for this movie on tv and wondered what it was about. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway opportunity.

  67. This looks like my kind of movie! I love great acting and historical fiction.

  68. Man, does that look good! Great giveaways going on right now on the blog — I’m tweeting them out to all my friends and followers! Fingers crossed.

  69. Gaye McGill says:

    Thanks for the good review; this sounds like an interesting movie. I’m a subscriber and I tweeted.

  70. George Schneider says:

    Hadn’t heard of this movie. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for the heads-up.

  71. George Schneider says:
  72. kelly tupick says:

    This sounds wonderful and something i would enjoy seeing. I will have to go check it out.

  73. kelly tupick says:
  74. Fran pillersdorf says:

    This movie looks great look forward to seeing!

  75. Sounds like a great movie! I’ve seen the trailer and it looks like a good one.

  76. Thanks so much for the review! I’ve not heard of this movie or either actor but I love movies set in that era. I’m with you – love the cardigans and skirts form the 50’s. I still have some of my Mom’s old stuff and treasure it.

  77. Dawn Monroe says:

    There are two reasons for me to watch. I like that the entire family can watch and that its set in the fifties.

  78. Dawn Monroe says:
  79. Emily B. says:

    My kind of movie! Thanks for the thought provoking review.

  80. Stephanie Phelps says:

    This movie sounds so amazing I cannot wait to see it now!

  81. Stephanie Phelps says:
  82. Erika W. says:

    I hadn’t heard of this! It looks really interesting.

  83. Erika W. says:
  84. I love the premise of the film and can’t wait to see it. I can relate to being a Jewish girl who married a Catholic man. Great review.

  85. This sounds incredible and right up my alley. Jewish? Check. New Jersey? Check. College with few Jews? Check. Can’t wait to see it.

    Great review as always, Lois.

  86. I love Phillip Roth. Consider me intrigued and to see all those skirts and cardigans!
    I’m a Jewish girl from NJ!

  87. Rosa Grant says:

    Sounds like a good movie, hope you post if you get tickets. I would love to see it.

  88. Would love to see this one!!!

  89. I’ve been seeing the previews of this and would love to win. Tweeted, too! Thanks for all your great contests, Lois! 🙂

  90. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Oooh this sounds like a good one. I’m a fan of Philip Roth although I missed this book. I’ll be looking for this movie for sure.

  91. I’d love to win this! Love Phillip Roth!

  92. I think I would really like this movie. I love Phillip Roth novels!

  93. Breanna Pollard says:

    This sounds very good! Can’t wait to see it. I also subscribed and tweeted (@bredanielle0602)

  94. Amanda S. says:

    I’m a subscriber, thanks! 🙂

  95. Priscilla S. says:

    I am an email subscriber. Thanks!

  96. Kim Henrichs says:

    I’m a subscriber! Looking forward to this movie!!

  97. I subscribe, sounds like a great movie to watch with my wife!

  98. I love period pieces and romances.

  99. Fran pillersdorf says:

    I look forward to seeing this film

  100. Christina Sparks says:

    This looks like it would be good.

  101. Michele de Boucaud says:

    Would love to see this movie!! Looks like a great story.

  102. Thomas Kelly says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing this movie.

  103. How fun! Thanks for doing this!

  104. I’m an e-mail subscriber.

  105. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/tlawoodall/status/764232694330953728 – This looks like it will be a great movie.

  106. I love Logan Lerman in Perks of Being a Wallflower, look forward to seeing him in this movie.

  107. I subscribed to the newsletter.

  108. vickie couturier says:

    I am a subscriber

  109. vickie couturier says:
  110. Tracie Cooper says:

    I am an email subscriber traciemichelle0515@gmail.com

  111. Tracie Cooper says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway as @traciemich05 on 08/13/2016

  112. This sounds like a great story. I’ll have to check out the novel as well!

  113. Tabathia B says:

    email subscriber

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  114. Tabathia B says:
  115. Cynthia Richardson says:

    I especially enjoy movies based on books and would love to see his one.

  116. Cynthia Richardson says:

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